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Punishment



Marrying a punk, my lord, is pressing to death,
whipping, and hanging.
Measure for Measure (5.1.596-597)

To drive home his dismay at being forced to marry the prostitute ("punk") he has impregnated, Lucio compares his fate to the worst kinds of punishment he can imagine. The first example he gives, pressing to death, was a form of torture in which the body of an accused person who refused to speak was crushed under a mass of stones.


The life and death of Griffin Flood informer. London, 1623 (Detail)




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